||Attached find the notes I took during the two workshopping sessions we held with Dorceta Taylor on Wednesday, March 5th. What I'm pulling from them--all of course subject to revision by you all--is a consensus that we want to host a story slam, focused on the question of "What is Home?" (or: "Where do you feel @ home? Where do you feel exiled? Both on and off campus?"). We want to create a scaffolding for these stories, a way of attending to the reverberations among them (will we offer note cards, and/or sheets of paper on the wall, to encourage silent discussion both during and between the storytelling?). We also agreed that we do not want this to be a "one-and-done" deal, but that we want to arrange for some follow-up for what emerges, perhaps in the form of a survey with some key "indicator questions," perhaps in pairs or small groups with a focus on particular topics.
Our learning objectives include
* inviting a rich conversation among people who might ordinarily not get together,
* helping them find connections among one another,
* encouraging them to "be attentive to the "ecology" of Bryn Mawr (including its social dimensions),
* forging/facilitating/foregrounding the connections that make up our eco-system
* expanding their sense of "what is environmental," by "re-framing" the term and their experience of it,
* reflecting on who-and-what is not in our shared space.
* (are we also interested in the particular question of the relation between environmental activism and the environmental studies minor on campus?)
We began to brain storm decisions we need to make, and also what
small working groups might be needed to make this happen: we have to
* select a date and reserve a space
* advertise the event (this is huge, and will need a "mistress" who can delegate portions of this to us all)
* prepare the space (arranging the room --and food, of course)
* organize and script the event, and m.c. it
* record and archive it
* be in charge of follow-up (as advertising, above: something to be shared among us, but requiring a "director").
I also pulled out three major concerns:
* How will we broaden the appeal of this event, reaching out to various clubs, affinity groups, international students, those who *may think* that they don't share environmental concerns? Will each of us invite 2-3 people who don't look-or-think like us? Who differ from us in some way?
* What role might your art work, and Ava's, and/or some collective creative piece, play in this event-- inviting people into it, creating an environment for it, sending them on their way? (Do we want to exhibit our own work as a way of making the space inviting and "home-like"? invite Photo Voice submissions, or videos prepared ahead of time?)
* How can we make this event not so "individual-centric"
("an occasion for interrogating larger social structures and processes").
How might we also make it less "human-centric"
("where is eco-literacy in this plan? what role does/will environment play in what emerges?")
Over break, please read through these notes and/or your own,
reflect on them, and then post here before 5 p.m. Sunday night, March 16
* any further thoughts about the general plan (goals, shape of the whole)
* suggested date and time of day
* volunteer for the work you want to do (including identifying any additional sub-
committees you think we need to make this happen).
I"ve created three threads below for each of these sub-headings; please "reply" to each
individually, so the answers will have @ least a semblance of organization!
We'll pick up this discussion in person in Jody's class on Monday afternoon, March 17--
and, if need be, continue it in Anne's right after.